20 Top Former WWE Stars "I" Want To See Return To The Promotion!!!

The Jonathan CooneyyCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2010

20 Top Former WWE Stars "I" Want To See Return To The Promotion!!!

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    I was thinking a lot lately about TNA and WWE and what direction their respective companies are heading.

    My opinion is that a lot of WWE and aslo TNA characters have gone a bit "stale" and a roster Shake-up could sort everything out.

    TNA have lost credibility to characters like Sting and Abyss who really don't excite us like they did a number of years previous but this article is about WWE and not TNA so lets look at some of WWE's "stale" gimmicks or characters!

    Chris Masters i'm a big fan has really being terrible since his return I find it hard to remember this man feuding with Michael's and also Khali "Punjabi Play Boy" is just so old that his father could of used the gimmick.

    If they no longer do the kiss cam whats the point in the gimmick or even the nickname?

    John Cena WWE's most hated man, when he first started on SmackDown he was soooooo loved and had a good move-set and an even better gimmick but the rapper gimmick soon fizzled out when he beat JBL to win his first World Title.

    IN THIS SLIDE I AM NOT GOING TO INCLUDE ANY CURRENT TNA STARS OR ANY CURRENT WWE HALL OF FAME MEMBER!! 

20. Taijir

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    Whether as a gleefully sadistic martial arts maestro or a comedic sidekick, Yoshihiro Tajiri was one of WWE’s most versatile Superstars.

    Tajiri was a force to be reckoned with during his time in ECW.

    His high-flying rivalry with Mexico’s Super Crazy (then referred to as “The Extreme Luchador”) was legendary and thrilled fans in the United States and around the world. He also had memorable wars with Little Guido and Jerry Lynn and once challenged Tazz for the ECW World Championship.

    What difference would Taijir make as a member of the WWE Roster: I really doubt he will ever feature in WWE as a main event star but Taijir would be an awesome addition to any mid-card.

    In the past he put on excellent matches with the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio and also the amazing Ultimo Dragon. Taijir has never faced new high-flying WWE stars like Punk, Evan Bourne and more so I am think they would all make very good matches.

    Taijir also has a brilliant ability to change from face to heel and still be very affective! 

19. Rikishi

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    WWE has been home to many giants, such as, Mark Henry, The big Show and of course Andre The Giant but few big men have been as agile as the 400 plus-pound Samoan wonder known as Rikishi.

    A member of the famed Anoa'i wrestling family, Rikishi made his WWE debut in the early 90s under the name Fatu. The Superstar immediately teamed up with his cousin, Samu, to form the Headshrinkers, a savage duo cut from the same cloth as their uncles, The Wild Samoans.

    The mad pair captured the World Tag Team Championship on April 26, 1994, defeating The Quebecers on Monday Night Raw. After losing the gold to Shawn Michaels & Diesel, The Headshrinkers split. Rikishi would then try his luck with a new partner, Sionne, but the pair had limited success.

    What difference would Rikishi make as a member of the WWE Roster: He would bring a lot of humour too WWE and considering they are currently in a daft PG era wouldn't that make Vince happy?

    Rikishi also has a very good reputation in the Tag Team division so maybe he would be able to bring back some honour and entertainment to the poor division.

18. Lance Storm

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    It’s not surprising that Storm was so graceful and technically sound in the ring.

    He was one of many technicians trained by Stu Hart in the famous – or infamous – Hart Dungeon. Storm made his debut against another Dungeon alumnus, Chris Jericho, in 1990.

    Steve Austin thought he was “boring,” but there was nothing dull about the skills of the man from Calgary … ALBERTA, CANADA.

    Lance storm was quite easily one of the most misused stars in Pro Wrestling History. His attributes are unlimited and his chance at hitting the top of the industry were very limited.

    Storm arguably had the most successful run of his career in WCW, winning the United States Championship, the Cruiserweight Championship and WCW’s version of the Hardcore Championship!

     What difference would Storm make as a member of the WWE Roster: Miz has lost the title to Daniel Bryan and considering Miz has a contract for a World Title match in his pocket then I guess Bryan needs a new challenger and I really think Storm vs Daniels in a PPV match for the title would be great.

17. Hardcore Holly

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    I don't know what it was about this guy but he had a certain fight about him. He came after suffering a real-life broke neck to go on to have a good match against Brock Lesnar.

    "Hardcore" Bob Holly went on to lose that match.

    I'm not sure if a lot of the IWC would agree with this pick but hell, I can't say for sure that any 5 members of this site agree on anything.

    At the age of 47 a return for Bob to any major promotion is extremely doubtful and considering his injury problems in the past make a return seem even more unlikely.

    Bob is a 3-Time Tag Champion and a 6-Time Hardcore Champion.

    What difference would Bob Holly make as a member of the WWE Roster: As I mentioned above a return does seem very unlikely but he could return and play a huge part in NXT as a Pro and occasional Wrestler to help put over younger up and coming talent.

16. Carlito

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    If the WWE could re-capture that image it would improve the Tag Team division amazingly!

    The Hart Dynasty is a good tag team with phenomenal history.

    Santino and Kozlov are just a joke.

    Dudebusters are the same or maybe even worst than above.

    Uso's are hard to judge they came to RAW looking promising but now? Well WWE have just ruined two more talents.

    Drew and Cody could be a good duo giving the right chance but It is hard to tell how long the random Tag Team will hold the gold for.

    The Colons have good chemistry and are good individually witch is probably more to be said thena few of the other teams in the division.

    Carlito defeated John Cena for the United States Championship in his first match on the main roster.

    I wonder would WWE allow Carlito to beat Cena in WWE current Cena-era?

    NO

    Carlito went on to win an IC title as well as the US title on top of that he also won the Unified Tag Title with his brother Primo.

     What difference would Carlito make as a member of the WWE Roster: He would bring fresh challenge for the secondary titles as well as what I mentoined above. An improvement to the dead division AKA The Tag Team Division.

15. Lita

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    I touched on the current state of the Tag Team Division but how about the Diva's Division?

    Make a cup of coffee? Grab a snack? Check your E-Mail?

    Yes these are thing you do when another poor Diva's match appears on Television.

    Do your remember when WWE had Lita vs Trish Startus would you dare take your eyes of the telvision?

    No, I bet not.

    Lita was an awesome Diva a Legened and is not properly credited for her tremendous work inside the WWE/F.

    A Hall Of Fame induction should be just around the corner in my mind.

    With her fiery red hair and trademark shoulder tattoo, Lita was recognized anywhere she went, whether she was embraced by the fans or not.

    Once beloved by the fans for her extreme ways.

    Lita became one of the most despised Divas in WWE, After she aligned with Edge in May 2005, she no longer cared what the fans thought of her.

    She stood by the Rated R Superstar no matter what derogatory chants the fans sent in her direction and the even got a brilliant ratting during a Sex Segment to Celebrate Edge's World Title Win!

    What difference would Lita make as a member of the WWE Roster: An interesting, possible reunion with her former real-life lover Edge and also a huge replacement for the departed Mickie Jame.

14. Scott Steiner

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    09 Oct 2000:  Scott Steiner celebrates defeating Ray Mysterio Jr after their bout at the World Chamionship Wrestling ''Thunder Down Under'' night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT
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    A WCW legend and a rather hated man in the eyes of the IWC.

    I was always a fan of Steiner and I loved his feud with HHH over the World Title and I also tought the Love Triangle with Test, Stacey and himself was different than other in Pro Wrestling history.

    Steiner has amazing strength and aggression despite not achieving much accomplishments in the WWE.

    But, in WCW he was a World Champ a Tag Team and US.

     What difference would Steiner make as a member of the WWE Roster: As he such an amazing reputation in Pro Wrestling he would obviously bring lots of prestige to WWE's Mid-Card and C-Show Superstars I am saying this because the days of Steiner competing for World Titles are dead and gone!

13. Paul Heyman

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    Heyman is famous as the creative force behind Extreme Championship Wrestling's rise to prominence in the 1990s. He has also worked in World Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Entertainment, including WWE's ECW brand where he was recognized as the ECW Representative.

    Heyman has managed stars like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Big Show, RVD, Kurt Angle. 5 former World Champions shows a reflection on Heyman's work.

    On May 25, 2006 it was announced that ECW would relaunch, as a third WWE "brand".

    Heyman was in charge of the new brand on-camera but had minimal creative input off-camera as well.

    Heyman began states himself as a "Messiah" and the "Father Of ECW".

    What difference would Heyman make as a member of the WWE Roster: More Wolrd Titles to relatively unknown stars until Heyman steps on the scene.

12. The Dudley's

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    Brother Devon and Brother Ray making the 3D taunt (index finger and thumb forming the lower part of a 'd', the middle finger forming the upper part of the 'd' while also representing the number 3 along with the two remaining digits)
    Brother Devon and Brother Ray making the 3D taunt (index finger and thumb forming the lower part of a 'd', the middle finger forming the upper part of the 'd' while also representing the number 3 along with the two remaining digits)

    I know i'm breaking my own rule with this pick but considering their TNA future is tought to be finished I tought F*** it why not!

    The Dudley's are definitely without doubt one of the best Tag Teams in WWE/F/WCW/ECW/TNA history they are worthy of a place in this slide without a shadow of a doubt.

     What difference would The Dudley's make as a members of the WWE Roster: They would bring back so much credit to Tag Team Division it is un-thinkable.

11. Trish Stratus

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    Trish Stratus will be remembered as one of the greatest and sexiest WWE Women's Champions of all time.

    But whether Trish held the title or not, the sultry Diva was one of WWE's elite Superstars.

    Trish's beauty was second to none, and her brains, strength and ability to get the job done make her the total package.

    A three-time WWE.com Babe of the Year, multiple time Divas magazine cover girl and seven-time Women’s Champion, she proved that she can succeed in all facets of being a WWE Diva.

    Renowned for her work as a fitness model, Stratus entered WWE in March 2000 as a manager, leading the careers of Test, Albert and Val Venis. As a manager.

    She led Venis to the Intercontinental Championship and began her long-standing rivalry with Lita, but her beauty and athleticism left the fans asking for more Trish.

    She made her in-ring debut that June, teaming with T&A against the Hardy Boyz & Lita, and looking back it’s only fitting that Trish’s first match was against perhaps her greatest rival.

    Trish was planning to retire. It was true – Trish had planned to retire and decided to have her final match against Lita in front of her hometown crowd at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at Unforgiven.

    Before raucous WWE fans, Trish used the Sharpshooter to defeat Lita and regain the Women’s Championship.

    With tears in her eyes, she said farewell to her adoring, appreciative fans and gave her storybook career a storybook ending.

10. Sheton Benjamin

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Shelton Benjamin looks on from the corner during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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    Shelton won two South Carolina state high school heavyweight wrestling championships. He was accepted to the University of Minnesota, continuing his career as a stand-out amateur wrestler and eventually becoming a WWE Superstar. And after all he went through early on in life, it’s no wonder that Benjamin is so self-confident in the squared circle.

    Achieving the goal of becoming a WWE Superstar was a life-long dream for Benjamin – a longtime member of the WWE Universe. Ever since he was young, Shelton was awed by the athleticism he saw in the ring each week on television. In fact, he even remembers the match that first caught his eye – Magnum T.A. vs. Wahoo McDaniel for the United States Championship in 1985.

    Not only a great athlete, Benjamin also excels at video games, at one point winning the annual WrestleMania fan fest championship tournament three years in a row. For a guy who could excel at pretty much any sport he tried, why did Shelton Benjamin choose to join WWE?

    “Honestly, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”

    At two different points in his WWE career, Benjamin enjoyed some notoriety as one-half of the self-proclaimed Worlds Greatest Tag Team with Charlie Haas.

    What difference would Shelton make as member of the WWE Roster: Knowing WWE he would still be as misused as he was before sadly!

9. JBL

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    Never challenge John Bradshaw Layfield to a street fight—especially on Wall Street, or when he’s offering valuable investment pointers to help bulk up your portfolio.

    Our fans watching JBL every week on WWE programming think he’s more “bull” than “bull market,” but consider the following: He didn’t clothesline his way to a senior vice-president position at a major investment bank. Analysts respect his appearances on Fox News Channel, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN as a financial advisor, not a “wrestling god.”

    Getting physical in the ring has netted JBL a career wealth of championships, while his “fiscal” approach to the stock market has made him a very bankable resource in shareholders’ eyes.

    Perhaps the one drawback from his economic success is that it affords him the luxury of saying whatever’s on his mind—mainly because he can put his money where his mouth is.

    And since his return to in-ring competition in early 2008, JBL has also put his boot where his opponents' mouths are.

     What difference would JBL Make as a meber of the WWE Roster: Tons of showing-off and bragging on top off good in-ring ability.

8. KING BOKAHHHHH

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    King Booker or Booker-T was one of the best wrestlers of the last decade.

    He is one of the most memorable guys to come out of WCW and as he will always remind you he is 5-time WCW Champion as well as a former King of the ring and WHC, the accomplishments go on and on.

    Booker is one of only three men to hold the Big Gold Belt in both WCW and WWE (the others being Chris Benoit and Bill Goldberg).

    Booker is a convicted felon who spent nineteen months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robberies at Wendy's restaurants in Houston.

    Booker and his partners wore Wendy's uniforms during the holdups since they had been working there for 2½ years.

    I almost forgot to put Booker in here until I done a bit of research.

    It would be ridiculous if i forgot such a memorable character.

     What difference would  Booker make as a member of the WWE Roster: Massive improvement to WWE's Main Event scene.

7. Brock Lesnar

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    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  MMA fighter Brock Lesnar walks in the garage area during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    HERE COMES THE PAIN!

    Lesnar is currently the UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is ranked the #1 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and MMA Weekly.

    gained prominence in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he was a three-time WWE Champion, becoming the youngest WWE Champion at age 25 with his first reign. Lesnar was also the 2002 King of the Ring, and the winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble.

    Lesnar started a career in mixed martial arts and won his first fight in June 2007. He went on to have 6 UFC matches and win a brilliant 5.

    Lesnar's next match is against Cain Velasquez on October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121.

    I don't think there has been a man who has achieved so much in WWE in the space of 3 years but I think in the current climaz WWE look set to give that credit too Sheamus.

    Lesnar owns an MMA clothing line called "DeathClutch".

    What difference would Lesnar make as a member of the WWE Roster: He would be able to give more unforgettable WrestleMania matches.

6. The Character Of Vince McMahon

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)
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    Vince McMahon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Vince is a third generation promoter who has made WWE into the global phenomenon it is today.

    As a pioneer in the television syndication business, a recognized television personality throughout the world, a visionary promoter and a fearless marketer, he continues to make his presence known as a leader within the broadcast and entertainment industries.

    In 1972, McMahon joined his father’s company, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, on a full-time basis. By 1979, the company had syndicated programming to 30 television stations.

    In 1982, he purchased the Capitol Wrestling Corporation from his father and decided to take what had been a regional operation and turn it into a national venture.

    What difference would the Character of Vince make as a member of the WWE Roster: More scandalous and manipulative storylines that will favour the villians i.e The Rock, Batista and of course the person Vince loves most in the world... HIMSELF.

5. Dave Batista

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    Dave has been “The Animal” since childhood, in temper if not in name.

    Raised in a rough part of southeast Washington, D.C., he describes himself as being “a skinny kid with asthma and a bad size complex”— and a penchant for getting into trouble with authorities.

    He spent a few years in San Francisco after his parents separated, until his mother sent the troubled teen to live with his father in suburban Virginia. By the time he turned 17, he was estranged from both parents, living on his own, and still getting into trouble.

    For the better part of 10 years, Batista spent his days training and competing as a bodybuilder, and his nights “bouncing in clubs, floating from here to there.” (He’s still amazed that one club he worked at is less than two blocks from Washington D.C.’s MCI Center, where he defended his World Heavyweight Championship against JBL at SummerSlam in 2005.)

    His drifting stopped the night he unleashed his explosive temper on two patrons who had attacked his fellow bouncers. “By the time I was finished with them,” he relates, “they were lying on the ground with their eyes rolling in the back of their heads. I was very scared they were going to die.” They didn’t, but the incident did result in Batista’s arrest, a year’s probation, and his decision to make radical changes in his life.

    What difference would Dave make as a member of the WWE Roster: Face turn - Heel turn - Face turn - Heel turn - Face turn.

4. Bobby Lashley

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    Bobby Lashley is a very good athlete who is an absoloute ox in terms of strength.

    Lashley is currently signed with Strikeforce.

    Lashley inside a WWE arena is a 2-time ECW "World" Champion and also and a US Champion.

    In March 2010, Lashley announced the grand opening of his new gym in the Denver, Colorado area titled American Top Team Altitude. The facility will serve as a gym such as popular chain Gold's Gym and will also showcase MMA events.

    He dated former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall. The couple had a son, named Myles in July 2008.

    What difference would Lashley make as a member of the WWE Roster: A brilliant athlete who, hopefully would re-create his feud with McMahon

Honourable Mentions

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    Before we check out the top 3 let's have a look at some honourable mentoins:

    Maven

    The Hurricane

    The Sandman

    Kevin Thorne

    Val Venis

    Paul Burchill

    D'lo Brown

    Maria

    Charlie Haas

    Chuck Palumbo

    Billy Guun

    Al Snow

    Ron Simmons

    Scott Hall

    Sean Waltman

    A-Train (Albert)

    Jerry Lynn

    Dean Malenko

    Sandman

    Perry Saturn

    Spike Dudley

    Ken Shamrock

    Marty Janetty

    Spirit Squad

    Chris Kanyon

    Well the list goes on and on of all WWE's past Superstars.

3. Goldberg

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    Who's next?

    That was the question on everyone's minds in 1997 as the explosive rookie known as Goldberg smashed his way through everyone on the World Championship Wrestling roster.

    Those hoping to see the former NFL pro suffer his first loss would have to spend a long time waiting. From September of 1997 until December of 1998, Goldberg did not lose a single match and earned an unbelievable record of 173-0. During this historic undefeated streak, the Atlanta native beat sports-entertainment legends like Hulk Hogan, Big Show and Curt Hennig and won both the WCW United States Championship and WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

    This amazing winning streak would eventually come to a disappointing end, however. In December , Kevin Nash defeated Goldberg at Starrcade after Scott Hall zapped the big man with a stun gun. The loss would not deter the competitor for long and by 1999 he was back to his winning ways, mowing down a long list of intimidating opponents, including Bam Bam Bigelow, Sid Vicious, Lex Luger and Scott Steiner. 

    After WCW was purchased by WWE in 2000, the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion began to compete in Japan where he again experienced major success. But it would be three long years before the WWE Universe would finally see Goldberg enter a WWE ring. On the March 31, 2003 edition of Raw, the powerful Superstar made his highly anticipated debut, leaving an immediate impression by spearing The Rock. This confrontation led to a showdown between the two icons at Backlash with Goldberg coming out on top.

    In the following months, the brute continued to dominate the competition, smashing Chris Jericho, Christian and many others on a warpath to the top of WWE. To get there, however, Goldberg would have to get through Triple H, which is a lot easier said than done. Goldberg found this out at SummerSlam in the Elimination Chamber when The Game defeated him after a vicious sledgehammer shot.

    The powerhouse would get back at The Cerebral Assassin one month later when he beat him for the World Heavyweight Championship in a hard-fought battle at Unforgiven.

     What difference would Goldberg make as a member of the WWE Roster: With bags of experience and bucket loads of strength.

2. The Rock

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     He was the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment. He is also one of the most recognized faces on the planet and one of the hottest celebrities in all walks of life.

    Call him whatever you want, but to the millions -- and millions -- of fans around the world, there is no substitute for The Rock.

    A third-generation WWE Superstar, The Rock at first did not plan to follow in the family tradition of sports-entertainment stardom. He instead used his athletic skill on the gridiron, where he starred for the University of Miami.

    His quick wit, charisma and ability to talk smack earned such raves that “The People’s Champion” was asked to speak to the people over and over again.

    His many famous public appearances included hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2000 and a speech at the 2002 Republican National Convention.

    Rock's accomplishments include numerous World Titles and Intercontental Titles and Of course Tag Team gold with the Rock 'n' Sock connection.

    What difference would Rocky make as a member of the WWE Roster: Brilliant segments, tremendous matches and terrific title reigns.

1. Of Course Shawn Michaels

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    Sports-entertainment has seen its share of immortals.

    There have been icons, some Great Ones, a few Olympians and a whole lot of legends. But there has only been one Showstopper, and he is Shawn Michaels.

    In an industry where the hyperbole is the norm, there may not be enough ways to describe HBK.

    He is truly incomparable. Michaels has made a career of stealing the show – competing in matches that are talked about for years. His rivalries over a career spanning more than 20 years are truly the stuff of legends.

    He has been a part of famous and brilliant feud with the likes of Triple H, Cena, Kurt Angle, Bret Hart and Steve Austin.

    Michaels first started revolutionizing the sport during his partnership with Marty Jannetty as The Rockers.

    Their wars with “Playboy” Buddy Rose & Doug Sommers in the AWA and then the subsequent rivalries with The Hart Foundation and The Brain Busters in WWE changed the face of tag team wrestling and captured the imagination of WWE fans accross the globe.

    HBK’s career can’t be just measured in titles, even though his trophy case is spilling over.

    He was WWE’s first-ever Grand slam Champion, holding the European Championship, World Tag Team Championship, the Intercontinental Title and WWE Championship.

    He, along with Triple H, co-founded one of the greatest factions of all time, D-Generation X, whose popularity and anti-establishment philosophy continue to capture the imagination of all Pro Wrestling fans today.

    What difference would HBK make as a member of the WWE Roster: Put on tremendous matches at WrestleMania continues to convince us of how goergous and "Heart-Breaking" he is.